Yatra Movie Review: 2.5/5
Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy conducted Padayatra across the state right before 2004 elections and this brought Congress to power in the united AP. A film on his padayatra has been made and the film is titled Yatra. Mahi V Raghav directed the film and Mammootty played the lead role. The film is carrying decent expectations and it released across the globe today. Produced by 70mm Entertainments, Yatra is getting a record release. Here is the complete review of Yatra:
Yatra starts in 2003 with YS Rajasekhar Reddy's padayatra which gets a platform for the legendary politician to meet several people across Andhra Pradesh before taking on leading TDP in the next polls. His 60 days of padayatra gets YSR a chance to meet various sets of people all over. The rest of Yatra is all about YSR as a changed person and how he builds a belief among the people and gets to power in 2004. Watch the film to know about his impeccable journey.
Mammootty's transformation and performance
TDP Vote for Note Scene
Real Facts kept aside
Poor and snail paced second half
Too much melodrama
Brings the feel of a documentary
Mammooty is a treat to watch and he transformed well as YSR in the film. Going with the pace, he sounds apt in most of the scenes with his body language. Ashrita Vemuganti plays YS Vijayamma and she looked apt with her screen presence and performance. Rao Ramesh shines as KVP Rama Chandra Rao's role and Jagapathi Babu stuns as Raja Reddy in the film. All the other actors have been picked up and transformed well as per the requirement.
Yatra is just laced with some of the important aspects from YSR's achievements and his padayatra. Though the film starts on a smooth note, it takes several turns supporting YSRCP when it comes to the end. The second half is not penned well and it will not satisfy any section of audience. The music, background score and the cinematography work are the major highlights of Yatra. The production values are soundingly lavish and Mahi V Raghav makes Yatra sound like a documentary rather than a biopic of YSR.
Yatra sounds more like a documentary of YSR rather than his biopic. The film lacks the needed realistic feel and emotion because of which it may not cater to major sections of audience.